Thursday, 4 August 2016
What About the Writing?
I have been remiss in doing diary updates of my writing progress.
I've heard back from one of the Big Five publishers who have rejected my novel. They said, it aroused interest, but the narrative wasn't straightforward enough. I've been processing that feedback and thinking about my writing.
Bad Dog is an overcoming the monster plot: the monster being the atomic bomb planted to destroy a pair of alien pillars found under a mountain in Afghanistan. Said pillars being the equivalent to Arthur C. Clarke's monoliths.
I have mentioned that one way of looking at my first novel is that it's like John Ringo was writing in Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey crossed with Armored Trooper VOTOMS.
It could also be described as Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day directed by Harold Ramis. Except that while it has more action than Starship Troopers, it doesn't have Bill Murray being funny.
So, I'm working on re-writing/editing of my second novel Strike Dog. The plot of which is a voyage and return, as described by Christopher Booker in his work The Seven Basic Plots, which is actually seven traditional plots plus two modern plots (mystery and rebellion being the new plots that only appear in modern novels - where modern means anything post Jane Austen).
My third book, Ghost Dog, is a quest. This has come back from my Alpha reader with informative feedback that it needs more tension in the first third of the book.
So my plan, if you can call it that, is to have a different plot for each book in the Bad Dog series. This is assuming I can sell my trilogy which is in serious doubt at this point, but I'm not intending to give up. Still, given my age, time is not on my side.
If I can sell either my first or second book, then I have to think of a rags to riches story, a comedy (what Booker calls a comedy is really a plot revolving around mistaken identities and confusion), a tragedy (all too easy in the world of Bad Dog), a mystery and a rebellion. The latter probably being the hardest plot to fit into my overarching story arc.
However, the main try-fail cycle I face at this point is writing characters who each have a different voice and who don't come across as complete jerks. Wish me luck, I may be some time.